IT IS disheartening that recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) is being perceived as a threat to Bahasa Malaysia by some.
Recognition of UEC will not make students who take the examination and study at local public tertiary institutions less patriotic.
Many of my generation who grew up in the fifties and sixties went to English medium schools before the establishment of national schools.
Are those who attended such schools and subsequently studied in Universiti Malaya less patriotic?
On the contrary, those of my generation who were educated in English medium schools including former leaders and civil servants are very patriotic.
When I was a senior manager and had to travel overseas regularly, I gave strict instructions to my secretary to give first priority to Malaysia Airlines.
When in Hong Kong, I always stayed in hotels owned by fellow Malaysian,Tan Sri Robert Kuok.
At an international convention in Japan which I attended many years ago, each delegate was asked to sing a song, I chose our national anthem “Negaraku” instead of a Chinese or English song.
I proudly told the audience that the song meant my beloved country in our national language.
I do agree that we need to ensure that the UEC syllabus has topics like Malaysian history so that students who sit for the examination will appreciate our country’s heritage.
Recognising UEC does not threaten what is enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
Barisan Nasional had also agreed to recognise the UEC for entry into local public tertiary institutions in its manifesto during the 14th general election, so why are some Umno leaders backtracking on this now?
Recognition of UEC should not be politicised.
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